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Image number: RS.17984
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Geranium specimen




Jacob van Huysum (1682-1745, Dutch), Painter

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height (page): 370mm
width (page): 270mm


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Botanical study of a specimen of geranium. This plant is native to temperate regions, mostly in the eastern part of the Mediterranean region. Painting shows a leafy green plant with small purple flowers in bud.

Painting 36 from MS/109, a collection of botanical paintings by Jacob van Huysum and William Sartorius.

Inscribed in ink 'Geranium Chium vernum Caryophyllatae folio, T. Cor.' Not signed.

This plant is described in Corollarium Institutionum rei herbariae (1703) by Josephi Pitton Tournefort. A specimen of this plant was also noted in 'A catalogue of the 50 Plants, from Chelsea Garden, presented to the Royal Society... 1724' by Isaac Rand, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society volume 33, issue 388 (1724). It was cultivated at Chelsea Physic Garden in London, and was one of the specimens from the yearly collection sent by the Society of Apothecaries to the Royal Society.

Jacob van Huysum (1682-1745), Dutch botanical painter, was not a Fellow of the Royal Society. He produced most of the 50 illustrations for the Historia Plantarum Rariorum (London: 1728-38) written by John Martyn FRS, and all the drawings for Philip Miller’s Catalogus Plantarum, an index of trees, shrubs, plants and flowers.

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